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Homeless crisis in L.A. inspires some purposefully small ideas: tiny houses
Environmental Design Professor James Meraz and Product Design student Kristy Chi discuss the project.
Should We Replace Homeless Shelters with Tiny Houses? Students at ArtCenter College of Design are rethinking how we house the homeless
With tiny homes, Pasadena ArtCenter’s students face the realities of solving LA’s homeless crisis
ArtCenter Displays the Future of Design Itself in Fall 2018 Art Center Grad Show
The future as imagined by the Fall 2018 Transportation Design graduating class.
Pasadena students create art piece to spark dialogue and engagement on immigration policies
The assignment: Design a poster that dispels America's myths about immigrants Illustration Associate Professor Esther Pearl Watson talks about visual ethics.
The Directors Guild of America announced the winners of the 2018 DGA Student Film Awards Film major Lin Sun wins the jury award for his film “AI-Pocalypse.”
The 10 Brightest, Boldest and Best Ideas of 2018
Editors praise Night Loo, created by Product Design student Anna Meddaugh, for the design’s intentions to preserve dignity and protect from harm.
Aaron I. Bruce Named Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer of ArtCenter College of Design
AR Artist Estella Tse: How to Unveil New Realities with Art and Science
For alumna Estella Tse, the uncharted space is creating in virtual and augmented reality, where she is helping to reinvent and reinforce art's place in the world.
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao opens 'Diana Thater: A Runaway World'
Graduate Art Professor Diana Thater explores the life conditions of animal species as a result of human activity.
Southern California's ArtCenter College of Design Is Where Magical Things Happen
A story about an episode of DRIVE on NBC Sports featuring interviews with Stewart Reed, chair of the Transportation Design department, and Kimberly Marte, associate professor, in Product and Transportation Design.
Women Get Feet in the Door of the Car Design Boys’ Club
The “Night Loo” keeps refugee women safe from hazardous bathroom trips
Night Loo, created by Product Design student Anna Meddaugh, is named a runner-up for the James Dyson Award.
ArtCenter Provost Karen Hofmann Receives 2018 Industrial Designers Society of America Education Award, Students Receive IDSA Regional Student Merit Awards
Graphic Designer, Photographer, Artist and Innovation Leader Honored by ArtCenter College of Design
He shoots the shots — and so much more: Basketball Hall of Fame to honor photographer Andrew Bernstein.
Animation and Abstraction: Jennifer Steinkamp
Alumna Steinkamp mentions ArtCenter’s exchange program with Caltech in this Q&A.
The Ever-Expanding Digital and Web Comic Landscape features the comic book expertise of Michael Dooley, assistant professor, Humanities & Sciences, about digital and web comics.
American Garages are Getting Bigger
Features the expertise of Eric Noble, associate professor, Transportation Design.
15 of the Best Art Galleries Enlivening SoCal College Campuses
School earmarking $42M for upgrades as part of major expansion effort.
Lucienne Roberts explores the meaning of ‘nice’
Features Roberts’ residency at the Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography.
Adidas concept trainer mimics the effect of running on sand to increase fitness
Highlights ArtCenter’s leading role in athletic footwear design, the College’s projects with leading brands and the job prospects they yield.
ArtCenter Students Showcase Their Photographic Works
Graphic designer Andy Liang merges art with artificial intelligence
ArtCenter College Plans Expansion
Approved 15-year plan will add student housing for first time.
When Cars Do the Driving, Who Will Feel the Joy?
Dave Marek, professor of Transportation Design, and Calvin Ku, graduate student in Transportation Systems and Design, are quoted about the impact of autonomous vehicles on automotive enthusiasts.
These brilliant running shoes slow you down–on purpose
Features an alum’s shoe concept that aims to give wearers the training benefits of running on sand. The project was the result of an assignment from Adidas to imagine the future of sports.
Nine Top Picks from ICFF 2018
The show's 30th iteration features commercial and residential products by nearly 750 exhibitors.
The Black Kaleidoscope furniture collection designed by Jialun Xiong, a recent alumnus of graduate Environmental Design and Rainmoon shower created by Environmental Design faculty member Michael Neumayr are top picks.
An electric Jaguar fit for a prince
Geoff Wardle, executive director of graduate Transportation Systems and Design, discusses the vintage Jaguar converted to e-power for the royal newlyweds.
Main Museum of Los Angeles, ArtCenter announce exploratory partnership
4 leaders of Art & Design that impact the imagination business
“At ArtCenter, we have a history of giving artists, designers and image makers the skills they need to succeed,” said ArtCenter Provost Karen Hofmann.
Clay Modeling Is Still At The Heart Of Industrial Design
Tim Huntzinger, graduate Transportation Systems and Design faculty member, comments on the importance of clay modeling to the design process. Student Jia-Wei Lin is featured in the photograph.
Film Associate Professor Affonso Beato selected as a Top Teacher in Entertainment Education, one of ten nationwide.
Sean Donahue, associate professor, Graduate Media Design Practices, presents workshops on design thinking and creative leadership for educators during Knowledge of Design Week in Hong Kong.
Analysts Call Nikola’s $2 Billion Tesla Infringement Lawsuit a Longshot
Geoff Wardle, executive director, Graduate Transportation Systems and Design, is quoted extensively about design infringement claims.
Entertainment Education: Top Teachers in Film, TV and More
Film Associate Professor Affonso Beato selected as a Top Teacher in Entertainment Education, one of ten nationwide.
The acclaimed director of photography, whose feature credits include collaborations with Pedro Almodovar and Stephen Frears, brings a half-century of filmmaking experience to cinematography courses at ArtCenter.
This Artist Walked from Tijuana to L.A. to Make a Powerful Statement
This idea of connectivity—the experience and consequence of cultures merging and the practice of analyzing environments through a psycho-geographical lens—functions as the foundation and central theme of her piece and her oeuvre as a whole.
Artist Jackie Amezquita Walked From The U.S.-Mexico Border To Los Angeles
Fine Art Assistant Professor Olga Koumoundouros on her class Socially Engaged Art as a way to help artists understand the responsibility involved in their work, “to become good citizens, to think of their place in the world, understand their impact…”
Art Student Walks From Tijuana to Her L.A. Gallery Show
It was kind of the perfect prompt for a Latina artist whose work already investigates both physical and more esoteric issues of identity, social and economic systems and geopolitics.
Self-Portraits by Artists
Photography and Imaging Chair Dennis Keeley’s self-portrait is featured in a review of This Is Not A Selfie: Photographic Self-Portraits from the Audrey and Sydney Irmas Collection.
Leading the Pack: A Look at ArtCenter’s New Game Design Track
The school, tucked into the lush landscape of Pasadena, is a leader in art and design education and is well known for its tight industry connections and cutting edge curriculums.
Entertainment Design Associate Professor Christophe Gomez is interviewed about the new Game Design track.
ArtCenter Grad Show may or may not portend the future of car design Autonomous blobs? Sleek supercars? Robotic luxocruisers? What's coming?
At the end of each semester, ArtCenter transportation design students, some groggy from pulling all-nighters, others all hopped-up on Mountain Dew, present their work to professors, fellow students and more than a few potential employers.
How Self-Driving Cars Will Change The Wine Industry
Media Design Professor Philip van Allen is quoted about the impact of Artificial Intelligence and autonomous cars on wineries.
To create a campaign to combat record STD rates, Long Beach turns to art students
Tough love and critical thinking go hand in hand on the third floor of the ArtCenter College of Design, in Designmatters, an unusual incubator that pairs art students with complicated social issues.
This Year's WantedDesign Workshop Will Explore the Future Heirloom
Q&A with Environmental Design Professor James Meraz about the annual New York Design Week event bringing students together from around the world to investigate how we will preserve our fondest memories in the future.
Graphic Design Chair Nikolaus Hafermaas tours ‘The Porsche Effect’ at the Petersen Automotive Museum
Women determined to succeed in US film industry
Film Professor Victoria Hochberg comments on slow change among studios, production companies and unions, and film students Sara Green and Olivia Sandoval say they’re not discouraged.
A new book documents how supergraphics transform the built environment
”It’s really about changing not just culture but individuals and hopefully making their lives a tiny bit better every day. Supergraphics are the best example of that immediate impact of design in the world.“
ArtCenter Students to Help Bridge Trust Between Long Beach Police and Residents
Designer Glori Tsui studied illustration at ArtCenter College of Design in Southern California. She then pursued her interest in sustainable fashion design by obtaining a masters degree in fashion design at Nottingham Trent University in the UK.
Seventeen's 2018 Cool Schools List
Recognizes the college as the best for art and film mentioning that Wonder Woman was coproduced by an alum, courses on how to create short films for brands (like Volkswagen) and graduate Michelle Christensen, Acura's first female car designer.
Janice Chang ArtCenter College of Design graduate using paint, sculpture and animation to tell characterful stories of Los Angeles
NEA Grant to Support New Design Project to Build Trust Between Police, Residents
Los Angeles artist goes viral with 'Black Panther' drawings
ArtCenter student Chi Ngo used her artist talents to draw the actresses from the film in their elaborate outfits at the Jan. 29 world premiere at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
The Strange Case of the Designer
Graduate Graphic Design Executive Director Sean Adams writes about the designer's ability to find wonder in almost anything as a truly rare skill.
Supergraphics: how color, imagery and type can transform public spaces
Q&A with Graduate Graphic Design Executive Director Sean Adams about inspiration for his new book.
ArtCenter College of Design Launches Game Design Track
ArtCenter Gives Artists Edge in Creative Economy
Highlights ArtCenter's collaboration with manufacturer Bernhardt Design on a line of office furniture for millennials presented at ICFF in New York.
Top 10 Graphic Design Schools and Colleges on the West Coast
The World War II-Era Women Who Broke Up The Disney Boys' Club
Set on becoming an artist like her dad, Baer decided the first step on her path to a career was attending the ArtCenter College of Design in California.
How Tesla and Elon Musk Are Designing a New Paradigm for Drivers
Transportation Design faculty member Tim Huntzinger is quoted throughout.
The Stylish Walker Could Help the Elderly Get Around
Product design student interviewed about a prototype addressing problems of current walkers.
How Cubism Protected Warships in World War I
Graphic Design Dept Chair Nik Hafermaas on his inspiration for digital mural at the San Diego International Airport.
ArtCenter Gives Artists Edge in Creative Economy
President Lorne Buchman and ArtCenter Board Chairman Bob Davidson interviewed.
The Canadian remaking Infiniti
Alumnus Karim Habib is the mind shaping future designs at Nissan
ArtCenter College of Design presents 15-year master plan designed by Michael Maltzan Architecture and Tina Chee Landscape Studio
All Autonomous Roads Lead to Pasadena
Graduate Transportation Systems and Design Faculty Tim Brewer, Lucian Rosca and alumnus Calvin Ku interviewed.
Sexism Is Rampant for Female Fashion Photographers
Dennis Keeley, chair of the photography and imaging department discusses rate negotiation and a slight majority of women students enrolled at ArtCenter.
Would You Carry Your Steering Wheel With You Everywhere Like A Phone?
Graduate Transportation Systems and Design Faculty Timothy Huntzinger comments on skeuomorphism and a Jaguar smart device connected to a fleet of autonomous vehicles.
ArtCenter College of Design Moves Forward With Master Plan
The Pasadena school could add numerous buildings to its Gold Line-adjacent South Campus.
Esther Pearl Watson Has Few Family Photos, So She Paints Her Memories Instead
“Awkward moments mixed with humor is one of my favorite narrative devices,”
Art Center Car Classic 2017 is the Designer’s Choice
“…those manufacturer concepts served as reminders that more than half of the cars you see today, and more still of the cool cars you see today, came from Art Center graduates.”
Empress Studios Opens With All-Female Directorial Roster
Writer/director Montana Mann recently signed a TV development deal with Universal Studios.
George Lucas Owes the Look and Feel of Star Wars to One Person
McQuarrie said his work with Star Wars “was the best job an artist ever had.”
Two-tone cars are back in vogue
Stewart Reed quoted on the value of choices for car buying consumers.
Meet The Petrolicious Team This Sunday At The ArtCenter Car Classic
...many of the people you’ll encounter will be designers themselves, who are accomplished, aspiring, or otherwise simply enthralled with the form of the automobile.
ArtCenter and USC students will create a multi-faceted design to animate MoCA’s plaza and Grand Avenue entry experience in downtown L.A.
1,600-Foot Digital Art Installation ‘DAZZLE’s New Rental Car Center
“It represents a living, breathing demonstration of what could become a radical transformation of building facades around the world,” said Nik Hafermaas, who chairs the graphic design department at ArtCenter College of Design.
ArtCenter’s new podcast ‘Change Lab’ is about learning something new
ArtCenter College of Design Launches Change Lab Podcast Exploring the Transformative Power of Creativity
What Would a Genesis GT Car Look Like in 2025? The Automaker and ArtCenter Students Give Us a Peek
“Genesis is an all-new brand, which makes it an exciting blank slate for any designer.”
My Summer Internship at Forbes
Interaction Designer Klaire Tsai writes about earning her degree at ArtCenter and the value of her internship at a media company.
Eclipse Exhibition Grapples with Mankind’s Ongoing Fascination with the Celestial Event
Co-Curator Stephen Nowlin and Graduate Art faculty member Lita Albuquerque discuss the poetics of an eclipse.
LA designers Margo Chase and Clive Piercy remembered
A remembrance by Graduate Graphic Design Executive Director Sean Adams.
The Brainiest Train in California
ArtCenter’s Rollin Homer describes the Gold Line as “our extended classroom.” “We’re embracing it—we’re going to live and create alongside it.”
Sundance Film Festival 2018 Logo Unveiled
“The concept was led by a group of students including Andy Gutierrez, Michelle Lee and Charles Lin and came out of a three-day brainstorm and creation session last spring…”
Tesla Model 3 More Than Electric
Geoff Wardle quoted on how the vehicle’s simplicity gives it longevity. The piece calls the new car “virtually futureproof. If Tesla's engineering team has a good idea and can write the software, they can give the car new abilities with the tap of a touchscreen.”
Tesla Bets Big on a Mass Market Electric Car
Quotes Geoff Wardle about the adoption of battery technology being unlikely without continued major government subsidies, which essentially “consigns batteries to a suboptimal solution.”
ArtCenter Exhibit Revolves Around Aug. 21 Eclipse
“…your mind will be boggled by its artistic, scientific and cultural reach…”
The obituary for influential graphic designer Margo Chase
“She was beloved in the design community at large and will be missed. Our thoughts are with her family and friends during this difficult time.”
An Old Problem in a New Context
Coverage of ArtCenter’s Women in Industrial Design Forum highlights the field as “…a dynamic industry that needs to balance design and development, vision and practicality, right-brain and left-brain thinking.”
Envisioning the Car of the Future as a Living Room on Wheels
At ArtCenter College of Design in Los Angeles — one of the world’s premier automotive design schools — 14 students recently worked on creating new concepts for a future vehicle interior whose occupants would no longer be shackled by the need to drive.
ArtCenter College of Design Receives $2 Million Gift
"As pervasive as human language, typography has become a more critical agent as digital technologies transform our lives,” said Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography executive director Gloria A. Kondrup.
Wheels When You Need Them in the Gig Economy
“alternative ownership is something that all the automakers — whether they like it or not — are studying or beta testing,” said Transportation Design instructor Eric Noble.
Where Design Education Needs to Go Next
Students should learn through social innovation—but they also have to understand design’s limitations, says ArtCenter’s Mariana Amatullo.
Three Women Designers Blasting Through NASA’s Glass Ceiling
The ArtCenter campus happens to be less than a ten-minute drive from JPL—appealing to someone who had always been fascinated by science.
The List: 1001 Car Things To Do Before You Die
The List hosts learn the entire vehicle design process from start to finish and try their hand at designing their very own car at ArtCenter College of Design.
Inside the School That's Designing Your Next Car (and Wearable)
Prominent alumni are everywhere, from Apple (Clement Mok) and Nike (Martin Lotti) to Tesla (Franz von Holzhausen) and NASA (Jessie Kawata).
KCRW's popular 5 design things to do this week featured the Department of Illustration’s Land of Enchantment exhibition.
America Has Its Problems, But Design Can Help Solve Them
Designmatters created Es Tiempo, a campaign encouraging women to get annual checkups when the Jacaranda trees common to Los Angeles bloom each spring.
Politics and American Higher Ed
ArtCenter president Lorne Buchman noted that his institution has a responsibility “to reach into communities where students would never even dream of what it might mean to have a career in art design and create some kind of bridge for them to get there.”
Innovative Devices Help Commuters Go the Last Mile
“…transportation now should be viewed holistically. We are completely agnostic about what type of transportation we work on,” says ArtCenter’s Geoff Wardle.
How Joy Division Ended Up in a Data Art Show — Twice
“It's almost like a cultural meme, that's kind of like a living thing that we see everywhere. It's just a fascinating cultural phenomenon,” said ArtCenter’s Brad Bartlett, who curated Double Data: Typography + Data Visualization at the Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography
Much Anticipated: Q&A with Guillaume Aretos & Marlon Nowe of Art Center’s New Character Animation Program
“… Our goal is to create the best animation program in the world. ”
In the Self-Driving Future, Cars are the New Arcades
To explore that future, students at ArtCenter (whose alumni include big name car designers at BMW, Lexus, and others) ignored the technical challenges of autonomy, and focused on how riding in these cars will feel.
Elon Musk Wants to Sell You a Better-Looking Solar Roof
“People spend a lot of time trying to create an attractive home. They don’t want funny glass boxes stuck on one side of their roof.”— Andy Ogden, chairman, industrial design graduate program, ArtCenter College of Design
Making the Grade
To give students a competitive edge, design schools partner with major firms on innovative programs that bring real-world challenges into the classroom.
Over the years, the [ArtCenter] collaboration has produced some of Bernhardt’s best-selling tables and chairs.
5 Boundary-Pushing Landscapes and Installations
On the cover: Street artist, RISK, channeled the colors of Keith Haring for one of the painted murals composing ArtCenter College of Design’s “OutsideIn.”
Metro's Art-filled Stations Enliven the Transportation Experience
Ann Field, chair of the illustration department at ArtCenter College of Design thinks of New York and the subway art world that gave rise to the career of Keith Haring. It was Haring, who painted a mural for the school near the end of his life, who served as the inspiration for Art Center's "OutsideIn" project.
In Pebble Beach, Rare Cars Trump Luxury
“…almost every modern car designer graduated from their [ArtCenter’s] program, and eventually makes their own pilgrimage to the greatest car week of the year.”
Designers’ Evolving Roles in Government
How can the public sector create a culture that's friendly to human-centered design?
The Urbanature Exhibit Celebrating San Gabriel Valley
Madworkshop’s First Installation by Sonia Lui at MOCA Advocates Human Interaction
Diving In: Nonprofits, NGOs, and Design
A dialogue about how nonprofits can do a better job integrating design thinking into their work.
MADWORKSHOP Unveils “Sanke,” an Outdoor Furniture Installation at MOCA
“Furnishings will play a critical role in bridging the gap between technology and the possibilities for new behaviors in outdoor space.”
Design students push office formality further back in the rearview mirror
Design driven startups from the heart
DreamWorks hires illustration major
Nathan Allen and Geoff Wardle on how battery-powered rides could transform your commute
Geoff Wardle on the vision for the Hyperloop
Why ArtCenter’s auto design program is one of the most influential on the planet
Shrek Production Designer Appointed Chair of ArtCenter’s Entertainment Design Department
ArtCenter students envision future mobility
Where Virtual Reality Prototypes Are Hatched
ArtCenter’s Anne Burdick on collaborations with Intel and Jaguar
ArtCenter team imagines an Apple car and the future of self-driving vehicles
Honoring ArtCenter designers whose impact has shaped Apple’s aesthetic identity
ArtCenter’s Geoff Wardle on the road to self-driving cars: carmakers have a lot of work to do to convince consumers.
Civic Technologist Alum Michael Manalo “Storytelling is really important…it resonates across forms.”
Student named Young Designer of the Year by world-class yacht designers and builders
“For car design, our country’s hit-factory is ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena.”
“Stewart Reed has a front-row seat to aesthetic shifts in the industry, as chairman of the transportation design program at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, Calif., one of the car industry’s top incubators of global design talent.”
Brilliant Ideas profiles Diana Thater, pioneering creator of video, film and installation art.
America's Best Architecture & Design Schools 2016
ArtCenter ranks #1 for Industrial Design
Getting Into Responsive Web Design
“…professionals who succeed understand the workflow of everyone involved in the build”
Tyrone Drake Redesigns the Black Panthers’ Ten-Point Plan
Political Animals: Two female-centric museum shows spring up this fall
In L.A., Female Video Artists Reign
LACMA Unveils Its Largest Exhibit Dedicated to a Female Artist
“Known for projects that explore nature and the cosmos, Diana Thater is the focus of Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s largest exhibition focused on a female artist”
Michael Maltzan unveils his city-minded Art Center master plan in Pasadena
Metamason is a startup incubated at the Design Accelerator, a joint venture between Caltech and ArtCenter College of Design
ArtCenter’s Michael Scheffe discusses his design work on the Back to the Future movie trilogy.
Building A Rubber Band-Powered Race for the Ages
Designing ArtCenter's beloved Formula E(lastic) car competition
The mantra was “Let’s make Blake super human!”
These 3 ArtCenter projects could represent the future in wearable tech
“…the company put out a challenge to transportation design students at ArtCenter College of Design to design a sleek sports car for 2030.”
A Simple Device Making Menstruation Safer for Girls Living in Poverty
To brainstorm ideas for designing the new clinic, administrators also enlisted the help of students from the ArtCenter College of Design
“Pasadena has made an extraordinary commitment to the arts,”
Looking to steer Latinos into auto design
“Great design thinks about the business, the planet, the users that are going to be impacted by those decisions.”
“She is a born teacher,” said Lorne Buchman, the president of ArtCenter, where Mr. Heavin is on the board of trustees. “I think that drives everything she does, whether it is the publication of a book, or setting up an international business.”
How Students Are Transforming a Pasadena Campus With Social Media
ArtCenter’s Experimental Frame in Spain
Students devised and built a sustainable igloo-shaped pavilion on the Costa Brava.
“Kenji Ekuan was very involved in a kind of international design aesthetic and in the importance of designers all speaking to each other and learning from each other. He was at that point very much a kind of sage of design,” says ArtCenter’s Mark Breitenberg.
For Flight Attendants, High Fashion Goes the Way of Free Peanuts
ArtCenter’s Karen Hofmann discusses airline branding through wearables.
So you want to break into the automotive industry
“…if car design is your specific goal, then ArtCenter is the Promised Land.”
New transportation will blow your hair back
ArtCenter’s Maggie Hendrie discusses innovations influencing the future of travel.
“Tape Classified at ArtCenter…outclasses anything currently up in New York.”
“This city serves three world-class tech institutions; Caltech, JPL and ArtCenter College of Design.”
Ray of Light: A museum show devoted to modernism’s lady genius
“The first Barbie TV commercial is actually the first time that TV advertising is really aimed directly at the child”
“CalTech and ArtCenter College of Design have taken the additional step of establishing the “Design Accelerator,” an incubator for design-based startups.”
Imagine Dieter Rams Showing Up at Your Final Design School Crit